The New York Giants went into the 2020 NFL draft seeking to bolster their offensive line, widely regarded as one of the worst in the NFL. They did that, selecting two tackles in the first three rounds and a guard in Round 5 they considered a diamond in the rough.
With no experienced center that satisfied them, they decided to move guard/tackle Nick Gates to center — a position he had never played on any competitive level.
Throw in the opt out of their most experienced lineman (Nate Solder) and you had a recipe for disaster. The rookies faltered and the Giants’ offense was one of the worst in the NFL, finishing next to last in points scored with just 12 of their 25 touchdowns coming through the air.
This offseason, the team did nothing to augment the sagging line. To add to the misery, they were forced to release guard Kevin Zeitler, by far their best lineman, due to salary cap constraints.
Yet, the team remains optimistic about the prospects of the line, stating the worst is over. The youngsters and Gates will be better in 2021 and they will actually be a cohesive group under new line coach Rob Sale.
Not many are buying it. Here’s a quick who’s who on the offensive line as we enter training camp.